Geopolitics Balance


In a globalized world where regions, borders, cultures, men and women, states and firms are getting closer by the day, a minimal understanding of major international issues and current geopolitical challenges (and their many consequences on the daily life of individuals, states, and governments, supranational organizations, and economic actors), no longer appears to be an option but a common sense necessity.

The diversity of interrogations, of major issues and challenges, of the uncertainties structuring the contemporary international environment, lead today’s observers - the citizens, the Chief executive officer as well as students and future managers - to look carefully at those complex and challenging matters. The knowledge and understanding of those issues have become, in a word, indispensable.

Teaching and Learning Methods: Lecture/interactive conference with the class; use of various teaching materials and technical tools (PPT presentations, documentaries, TV programs, internet) to maintain student attention and encourage participation.Course Policies : Attendance and punctuality at all course sessions are mandatory.

Course Policies : Attendance and punctuality at all course sessions are mandatory.

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Seven contemporary geopolitical matters discussed, depending on the subject, its complexity and the current events, by clusters one, three hours long.

In a non-exhaustive list of proposed subjects, we have:

  •  Introduction
  • the United States, a declining power?
  • the rise of China and its consequences
  • natural resources, and energy, the geopolitics of pipelines.
  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  •  the Arab Spring and its aftermathsPour renforcer leurs compétences, les élèves seront mis en situation

 Learning outcomes:

  • At the end of the course the student will be able to:
  • have at his/her disposal a transverse frame of reference, wide-ranging and up to date and enriched by many examples, that will enable him/her to understand the dimensions of the major international challenges of the day;
  • be in a position to comprehend with a clearer distinction the monitoring of international news, in terms of political, diplomatic, defense, cultural, economic and trade dimensions;
  • possess a wider and more solid core of knowledge to deal with a contemporary international context generally much too unknown;
  • enjoy a much better understanding of the international context of the 21st century via geopolitical culture.

Nb hours:  21

Grading Policy: 

Combined assessment method based on:

1.            Continuous assessment 30%: (format multiple choice questions)

2.            Final exam 70% (2 hours): choice between two topics.